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A Star Is Born

Our new marking system and its first DJmag Star Product - the Allen and Heath XONE DX

As you might have gathered from last month’s mag, we have overhauled our scoring system, and now all our marks are out of 10. This gives us extra scope to be more accurate when it comes to testing and marking the kit that budding DJs and producers will eventually spend their hard-earned cash on. A new feature we are introducing to the scoring system is the DJmag Star Product Award. Any product that achieves 9.0 or higher will be graced with this new prestigious accolade, and in true Oscars’ fashion, the first to be awarded this hallowed status is Allen and Heath’s XONE DX.

A controller-mixer built to combine old school DJing with modern digital delivery, the XONE DX is a standalone unit for the supplied Serato Itch DJing software, as well as a conventional mixer. DJs can switch between Itch — which gives budding mixologists the ability to mix four virtual decks with effects from the DX — or mix via a standard DJ set up, comprising of up to four external sound sources. Phono and line inputs can be selected at a push of a button, allowing up to four variations of turntables or CD Decks to be connected to the XONE DX.

The DX is also a 20-channel USB soundcard, and can be configured using the multiple outputs to ensure that separate signals can be provided and controlled for the main club outputs, as well as for the monitoring in the DJ booth. There is also an Aux out for direct connection to a recording device, so that DJ sets can be recorded using Allen and Heath’s tried and tested sound circuitry, found deep inside the DX.

The XONE DX is also fully compatible with other DJ software brands like Native Instruments Traktor, so with all bases covered, everyone’s a winner. Without further ado, here are the scores for the first DJmag Star Product Award!

Verdict

Price   £999.00
Contact   xone.co.uk
Build Quality
  9.5
Ease of Use   9.5
Features   9.0
Value for Money   8.0
Sound Quality   9.0
Verdict   9/10
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